Vision Festival: Frode Gjerstad / Cleaver, Lopez, Potter, Virelles / Arthur Jafa / Brown Butterfly

Sunday, May 27, 2018. 6:30 pm

6:30pm — Frode Gjerstad Trio
7:30pm — Cleaver / Lopez / Potter / Virelles
8:30pm — Arthur Jafa
9:30pm — Craig Harris Brown Butterfly

Frode Gjerstad Trio
Frode Gjerstad Alto sax, Clarinet
Paal Nilssen-Love Drums
Jon Rune Strøm Bass
w/ Steve Swell Trombone

Cleaver / Lopez / Potter / Virelles
Gerald Cleaver Drums
Brandon Lopez Bass
Chris Potter Tenor Sax
David Virelles Piano

Arthur Jafa Film

Craig Harris Brown Butterfly
Craig Harris Trombone, Composer
Eddie Allen — Trumpet
Jay Rodriquez — Reeds
Adam Klipple — Keyboards
Calvin Jones — Bass
Tony Lewis — Drums
Kahlil Kwame Bell — Percussion

*Roulette has a limited number of complimentary tickets to offer members, set aside on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are a member and would like to use a free entry pass for a Vision Festival show, please contact Emily Bookwalter at emily@roulette.org, or at 917-267-2440.

The Vision Festival is a celebration of boundless improvised art. Now in its 23rd year, this festival of music, dance, poetry, and visual art is heralded as “one of New York’s most essential art events” (New York Times).  Legendary and emerging stars representing the free jazz, experimental, and avant-garde communities will perform 30 sets over six nights.

Norwegian saxophonist Frode Gjerstad leads his trio with guest trombonist Steve Swell; contemporary jazz icon Chris Potter ventures into freer territory with the collective of Gerald Cleaver, Brandon Lopez, and David Virelles; Film by Arthur Jafa; Craig Harris presents his Brown Butterfly Project, inspired by the life of Muhammad Ali.

Founded in 1996, festival presenter Arts For Art (AFA) is a New York City based tax exempt organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of free jazz — an American indigenous art form in which improvisation is principle.

The festival is made possible in part thanks to public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Support through New Music USA’s NYC New Music Impact Fund is made possible with funding from The Scherman Foundation’s Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund.